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Health Education: Sex

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the effectiveness of the teaching of sex education in schools; and if he will make a statement. (189029)

The Department has not commissioned research on the teaching of sex education in schools. However, as part of the Children's Plan we have given a commitment to review best practice in effective sex and relationship education (SRE) and how it is delivered in schools. We have listened to young people and recognise that many feel that they do not currently have the knowledge they need to make safe and responsible choices about relationships and sexual health. We will involve young people fully in the review to make sure that future SRE better meets their needs.